Critical Perspectives on Leadership: The Language of Corporate Power

Event Type: Research Lecture

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Prof. Mark Learmonth (Professor of Organisation Studies, Business School, Durham University)

Date: 25 Sep 2019 (Wednesday)

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Venue: RHB108, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: English



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission.
3) Registration is not compulsory but recommended for seat-reservation and news update.


The last 20 years has seen a surge of interest in organizational leadership. Today, senior people routinely get referred to as leaders, whereas a generation ago they would probably have been called (mere) managers. The lecture supplements the speaker’s recent co-authored book. It argues that talking about bosses as leaders is often is a particular kind of insidious conservatism dressed up in radical adjectives. Rather than suggesting greater benevolence, leadership is more likely to be camouflage for corporate interests. 


About the Presenter

Mark Learmonth is Professor of Organization Studies at Durham University, UK, having previously worked at the Universities of Nottingham and York. Before academia, he was a health care administrator in the UK’s National Health Service. Mark has conducted extensive qualitative research, all of which has been concerned, broadly speaking, with investigating the personal consequences of work. He has also written theoretically about topics including evidence-based management and leadership. He is currently working on a Corpus Linguistics project.

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